Now I realise that TV producers find the biggest morons possible to make these shows more ‘entertaining’, and that the likes of Joey Essex pretend to be thick as pig-poo just to market themselves – for example by pretending he can’t tell the time – you didn’t believe that one did you?
Even with this awareness, watching horror/comedy programmes like TOWIE and Made In Chelsea is rotting your soul.
Even though every philosophical book and self-help book tells us not to compare ourselves to others, we can’t help it. Jealously is regarded as a secondary emotion. Triggered by anger or fear. In this case, we all tend to get angry by watching a group of idiots, live amazing lifestyles that are way beyond most of us.
This ‘unfair treatment’ makes us angry – we work hard all week, and we can only dream of a lifestyle like that – unless we take out a ruck of loans that is. Don’t do that.
Anger at what we perceive as unfair treatment, such as unequal-pay for doing the exact same job as someone else, is such an instinctive reaction, that even monkeys display it:
The only remedy to this anger is – not to watch the tripe in the first place, and find some intelligent friends who can see through the ‘consumerism culture’ and can enjoy doing things that don’t cost any money. Like blogging.